One thing that really helped was an idea I read in the book Denise Schmidt Quilts. She uses a pin to remember the right-side-up of a particular quilt block. Each time before walking to the sewing machine I stuck in a pin in my fabric pointing in the direction of the top left corner of my 'block'. That way I did not loose track of my plan for the design.
I quilted the blanket by making running stitches around every color patch with white embroidery thread. This was fun to do in front of the TV. I actually started to like hand sewing! I love the effect it gave the quilt.